I Am Invincible Filly Heads NZB Filly of the Year Series

Media Release - Monday October 25

A spectacular performance in Saturday’s $80,000 Group Three Matamata Veterinary Services Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) has propelled quality filly Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) to the top of the points table for the 2021-22 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series. 

Imperatriz wins the G3 Soliloquy Stakes - Race Images.

Trained by Jamie Richards, Imperatriz headed into Saturday’s second leg of the Series with 1.5 points to her name, courtesy of a third placing when favourite in the Group Three Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) at Hastings on September 18. That was the only time Imperatriz has ever tasted defeat, and she bounced back on Saturday in emphatic style.

The exciting filly made her own task more difficult by rearing at the start and then settling well back in the field, but she produced a scintillating turn of foot in the straight and swept to the lead under jockey Danielle Johnson.


Dubai Diva (Pride Of Dubai) and another Richards-trained runner in Belle En Rouge (NZ) (Burgundy) came back at her strongly over the concluding stages, but Imperatriz had enough up her sleeve to hold them out by a long head.

“Imperatriz missed the kick, but we were planning to ride her patiently from the draw and it worked out well,” Richards said.

“Danielle did a very good job being able to find clear air when she needed it. She sprinted quickly and was able to sustain the gallop.

“She’d been a little while between runs, so I think her fitness is there to improve further, and it was a really good win.

“It was good to see her stay the seven furlongs (1400m) and I guess we’ll have to look at Riccarton now and the New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m), but we’ll see how she comes through this first.”

A well-related daughter of a stakes-performed Shamardal mare, Imperatriz has now won four of her five starts for the Te Akau Invincible Empress Racing Partnership, earning over $165,000 in stakes.

Imperatriz won the Group Two Eclipse Stakes (1200m) as a two-year-old last season, beating subsequent Group One-winning stablemate Sword Of State (Snitzel), and she has added another two stakes wins this season in the Group Three Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) and Soliloquy Stakes.

Imperatriz earned 6 points for Saturday’s Soliloquy victory, lifting her to the lead with a total of 7.5. Dubai Diva collected 3 points and now shares third place on the table with Mustang Valley (NZ) (Vanbrugh), while Gold Trail Stakes winner Bellacontte (NZ) (Burgundy) is in second place with 6 points. Belle En Rouge joins the table with her first 1.5 points.

The third leg of the 2021-22 New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series is one of the most crucial – the $300,000 Group One New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton Park on November 13, worth 12 points to the winner.

More Reading...
Leading Sire and Trailblazing Sprinter Choisir Passes Away at Age 22
It is with great sadness that Coolmore announces the passing of Choisir at the age of 22.
Expensive Almanzor Colt Ready for Stakes Debut
High-priced youngster Andalus hasn’t been troubled by the unexpected rigours of the past week and trainer Stephen Marsh can’t fault the colt ahead of his delayed debut on Saturday.
Kingstar 2YO’s Up and Running
The star inside the crown brand of Kingstar Farm is rapidly gaining recognition as a symbol to respect at yearling sale time with last season’s Champion 2YO Stay Inside putting this boutique Hunter Valley stud well and truly on the map and a new crop of juveniles poised to make their mark.
Sires With Winners - Thursday December 9
Here is the full list of 36 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.
Deep Field 2YO Colt Wins on Debut
Eligible for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, promising Deep Field colt California Deeply made a winning debut at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Sires With Winners - Wednesday December 8
Here is the full list of 40 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.
Williams Racing Stable Expansion
Last Saturday’s Day 2 of the Ascot Masters saw Team Williams dominate yet again with Graceful Girl taking out the G1 Crown Winterbottom Stakes in barnstorming fashion.
Bright future tipped for Waikato Stud's Waihaha Falls
Trainer John O’Shea has big hopes for Waihaha Falls after his win over 1500m at Rosehill on Saturday.
First Winner for Sebring Sun
Glenthorne Park are delighted to see their young stallion Sebring Sun put his first winner on the board on Thursday with a well deserved victory for progressive filly Coriander.
Sad Passing of Champion Sire Pivotal
Cheveley Park Stud have announced sad news overnight with the passing of their champion sire Pivotal at age 28.